Members of the cast and the creator of Star Trek attend the rollout of the space shuttle prototype Enterprise, Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, 1976. From left, NASA administrator James Fletcher, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Gene Roddenberry, NASA deputy administrator Geoge Low, and Water Koenig.
apparently my parents dined with 42 young air force officers tonight & most of them were single and very attractive and im so mad bc why can’t my mother be like mrs. bennet and introduce me, elizabeth bennet, to the single men in possession of large fortunes,
Prompt:“Imagine Snoke forcing Kylo to cut off all relations with you because he believes you’re a distraction to him.” (if this imagine sounds familiar it’s because I had this on my old blog before I deleted it so yah)
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You found yourself finally at the end of the day, time thankfully passed quickly when you worked at your station alone, with no distractions. You worked with the First Order, managing Mission Control seeing as you didn’t want to be too engulfed in the war between the First Order and the Resistance. All wasn’t completely normal though, as you were in a ‘relationship’ with the Commander of the large assembly, Kylo Ren.
Titanium Goose #06927, the most unique of the Blackbird fleet, was the only two-seat A-12 trainer ever built. The first five A-12 aircraft, this being the fourth, were initially flown with J75 engines, because the A-12 airframe was ready for testing, the J58 was bogged down with developmental problems. These less powerful J75 engines would allow the aircraft to reach a maximum Mach 2, and 60,000 feet. Once the J58 was available, all of the A-12 aircraft were upgraded, allowing them to reach a maximum of Mach 3.35 and 95,000 feet, except this one. Our Titanium Goose kept the J75 engines through her total time of service, retiring with 1076.4 hours in the air, spanning 614 individual flights, over double that of any other A-12. Once retired, she spent years in storage at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, until August 2003, when she was put on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. She was the last A-12 to be put on display to the public.
Michigan native aviatrix Mildred Doran with her Buhl CA-5 Air Sedan. She would attempt the mainland-to-Hawaii route in 1927, but would vanish en route. A 42-ship task force searched for her and several other aircraft that had vanished as part of the competition, but to no avail.
A-12 #06924, the prototype of the fleet, was built at the Lockheed Skunk Works in Burbank, California. She was the first aircraft to roll off the assembly line and the first to fly. And fly she did on April 25, 1962, wobbling precariously into the sky a few feet above Groom Dry Lake (Area 51) with Lockheed test pilot Lou Schalk at the controls. So, if this classified, top secret aircraft was built in Burbank, how did they transport it to the remote Groom Lake test facility in Nevada without anybody seeing it? The answer is, they put it in a box and shipped via roadways.
Before this package could be transported, highways had to be prepared for an oversized load with a width of 35 feet. Technicians drove a pickup truck with two long sticks fixed to the front, jutting out to each side, testing clearances along the way. Trees were removed and earth excavated alongside the roadways where passages were too narrow. Many roadsign posts had to be cut, then bolted back together so they could be temporarily removed as the aircraft lumbered by.
Construction of the 105 foot long shipping container took place alongside the A-12 assembly line in Burbank. The load bearing sections of the container were made of steel. Fabric would surround the aircraft, pulled taut around an aluminum frame. The leading edge of the container was made of metal instead of cloth to protect against road debris.
Our A-12 prototype began her first journey before sunrise, just as many subsequent flights would. Though, on February 26, 1962, the aircraft left her hangar and accelerated not to Mach 3, but just a few miles an hour, laboriously plugging away up the highway toward Gorman, through Rosamand and Mojave, across the desert north of Edwards Air Force Base. The first day of travel ended in Barstow where the crew slept overnight, the aircraft residing safely enclosed in its container. At sunrise, crews continued along through Baker and Shoshone, then a third day through Death Valley, where their California Highway Patrol escort was terminated as they crossed into Nevada. Security was still offered by several CIA agents who were typically based at the final destination. Finally, the journey took them through Lathrop Wells (now Amargosa Valley), Mercury, and home to Groom Lake.
Once at Groom Lake, the aircraft had its engines, rudders and wingtips installed, which were transported in other containers. The large box was broken down and shipped back to Burbank. It was used to transport thirteen A-12s, two M-21s and three YF-12 aircraft to Groom Lake. The container was also used to transport the first three SR-71 aircraft to Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, CA. Our A-12 prototype now rests in Palmdale at Blackbird Airpark on Plant 42 property, just outside the secure area.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour receives a high-flying salute from its sister Shuttle Columbia, atop NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, shortly
after its landing Oct. 12, 1994 at Edwards, California, to complete
mission STS-68. Columbia was being ferried from the Kennedy Space
Center, Florida to Air Force Plant 42, Palmdale, California, where it
will undergo six months of inspections, modifications, and systems
upgrades. The STS-68 11-day mission was devoted to radar imaging of
Earth’s geological features with the Space Radar Laboratory. The orbiter
is surrounded by equipment and personnel that make up the ground
support convoy that services the space vehicles as soon as they land.
As the ultimate incarnation of the world famous Exige, Lotus has revealed the Sport 350, the latest version of the class-leading and award winning sports car, that’s lighter and faster than ever before.
51 kg lighter than previous Exige S
345 hp and in excess of 300 hp/tonne
0-60 mph in 3.7 Seconds and top speed of 170 mph
Heritage Tartan interior and new colour and trim options
The new Exige Sport 350 is the next model in the range to mark the reintroduction of the renowned ‘Sport’ naming designation. It joins the recently announced Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 – delivering a lighter and even more performance-focused driving experience.
An often overlooked but critical part of the Blackbird story is the one and only SR-71 simulator, now on display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, Texas. This simulator includes two separate cockpits. One Pilot cockpit and one Reconnaissance Systems Officer (RSO) cockpit. The photos above show the latter.
Lt. Col. Bill Flanagan spent many hours in the sim during his five years flying the Blackbird as a RSO based at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. Flanagan recalls traveling to Beale Air Force Base, California, to put in his sim time. “We’d fly up there in our T-38, about a forty minute flight. We’d catch a ride with somebody over in the sim building, spend an hour or two in the sim and then come on back.”
Flanagan described that it was a very good mission procedures trainer. He said, “You got used to handling emergencies without having to worry about destroying the airplane.” The sim did not have a display that simulated the view out the window, but in all reality, the view at 85,000 ft was not very useful to the crew. All it really did was distract you from flying the airplane.
Occasionally, the aircraft would suffer from an aerodynamic disturbance in the inlet called an unstart. When this happens, it causes a yawing motion so strong that the aircraft canopy could impact the crew so hard that it sometimes cracked their helmet visors.
Flannagan says that the motion simulation in the sim RSO cockpit wasn’t quite true to life. “It’s not like Star Tours at Disneyland. The only thing they could come up with to simulate an inlet unstart was your ejection seat would hop up and down, which is totally unrealistic because it’s a yawing motion. Your seat is hopping up and down which is really annoying. It’s like someone coming by and kicking the back of your chair every couple seconds.”
When the SR-71 aircraft got its Digital Automated Flight Control System (DAFCS), the sim was also overhauled. It originally ran on an analog computer, but it was eventually outfitted with a digital computer. Flanagan commented about the downtime, “You spent a lot of time in the simulator, to the point of which when the simulator went away for the upgrade, people were really worried about losing their skills. Most of the time when you fly the airplane, nothing goes wrong. When something does go wrong, you better be sharp and ready to react to it quickly. That’s why the simulator was so important. It’s not that it gave you a realistic picture of the thing.”